Assam issues new SOP following increase in Omicron variant in country

Responsibilities have been divided among the State Surveillance Officers and the DSOs

Keeping in view of the increased cases of Covid's new variant, Omicron,  Assam Government has issued a new set of SOP for ensuring safety and prevention of the possible spread of Covid with variant Covid-19.
The following are the regulation for those who are planning to travel in the near future. All the international travellers of the state who are going out from Assam or coming to Assam should primarily submit declaration forms on the online Air Subidha portal before the scheduled travel, including the travel details of the last 14 days.
A negative RT-PCR report must be submitted, which has been conducted 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Each passenger is bound to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
They should also be given an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through concerned airline before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home/ institutional quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as warranted.
Continuing with the earlier approach, travellers from certain specified Countries are identified for additional follow up. The listing of such specific countries is a dynamic exercise based on the evolving situation of Covid-19 across the world and will be made available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, ( and the link of the same will be available at the website of the Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal.
The passengers originating or transiting from at-risk countries shall be informed by the airlines that they will undergo post-arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, stringent isolation protocols if tested positive. Do's and don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to the travellers by the airlines or the concerned agencies.
Only those people will be allowed to board who have filed in or uploaded their negative RT-PCR report in the portal.
At the time of travelling, only the asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board through thermal screening. All the passengers are advised to download the Arogya Setu app.
During the flights, it is the duty of the in-flight crew to elaborate all the safety measures to the passengers and watch whether the passengers follow those rules strictly or not.
Like the other stages, there are also separate designated rules to be followed after arrival at a particular place. Soon after the landing of the flight, de-boarding is to be done by maintaining social distancing. Thermal screening should be done to the entire passenger by the designated health officials.
Thermal screening should be done to the entire passenger by the designated health officials. The declaration should be then filed online shall be shown to the airport staff.
The declaration should be then filed online shall be shown to the airport staff. The one who is seen symptomatic during the testing should be immediately isolated and sent for further testing.
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Image: Representative image.
Travellers traveling from risk-prone countries shall have to deposit their samples at the time they reach their destination. They will have to wait till their reports arrive, then move ahead towards the next step.
The untested passengers and those turning negative and therefore must be followed up by the District Surveillance Units concerned on day 2 and day 5, and their RT-PCR must be conducted if found symptomatic.
If tested negative, they will have to follow home-quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the 8th day of arrival in India. If the traveller tests positive, the samples will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.
The laboratories will prioritize the testing as per the needs. If travellers develop symptoms during the isolation, they should immediately contact National Helpline number 1075. Children under the age of 5 are exempted from both post- and pre-arrival testings.
Contacts of the suspected cases are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind along with the identified cabin crew.
The District Surveillance Officers IDSP are also given various responsibilities.
As the international travellers are likely to land in Assam through airports, DSOs of the districts with airports shall take special measures to follow up each such traveller by maintaining continuous contact with the State Surveillance officer.
Once the traveller becomes negative on RTPCR at the airport, he will be allowed to go for self-isolation. Any new development of positivity must be reported to the SSO IDSP by each DSO on daily basis.
The SSO IDSP shall coordinate with all the RTPCR Testing laboratories in Assam for early identification of Covid positive and further send it to NIV (Pune)/NIBG, collecting reports from the institutions.

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